With thousands of Greek words being the base for English, people who speak English don’t realize they are also speaking a form of Greek. Now the Ianos Chain of Bookstores has integrated in its digital portfolio an innovative application for the iPhone based on the book written by Annie Stefanides, You Speak Greek, You Just Don’t Know It.
The application, following the book’s line, brings the native English speakers closer to the Greek language, while also touching Greeks, reminding them the greatness of their language.
On the iPhone screen, the experience of Greek words in English, turns into a participatory process, where the user is called to play and approach more than 6,000 Greek words contained in the book and are currently used in the English language.
Upon entering the application, the user chooses which language to use as a starting point: Greek or English. And the game begins. He can choose the words he is called to find in the other language, in three ways: alphabetically, by the number of letters, or by category. He can find each word based on his knowledge or being offered some help.
The booklet of the game says that “One out of four words in the English language is Greek or of Greek origin. When it comes to medical terminology, more than 50% of the words or the word elements used is Greek.”